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Burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra in Santa Fe today


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The 94th Burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra

The Burning of Zozobra event starts with the opening of the gates at 3 p.m. The official events begin with live entertainment at 7 p.m. It is a rain-or-shine event and takes place at Fort Marcy Park, located a few short blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza. The Burning of Zozobra is a unique cultural event staged annually by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe on the Friday before Labor Day as a fiery kick-off to the historic Fiestas de Santa Fe.

Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom, is the creation of Will Shuster, one of a group of artists known as the Cinco Pintores, who made their way to New Mexico in the 1920s. Shuster’s creation first appeared in his backyard in 1924 as a 6-foot puppet, and over the years, has grown to a towering 50-foot high marionette.

Many attendees use this symbol to say goodbye to bad memories or debt by stuffing letters and bills into the puppet to set it on fire at 9:30 p.m.

For more information, visit burnzozobra.com.

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Aug. 31 to Sept. 1

All American Country Music Festival

Josh Abbott Band and Lanco headline the two-day All American Country Music Festival. Other artists include Dallas Smith, Rick Trevino, Bri Bagwell, Sim Balkey, Zach Willard Band to name a few, as well as more than 50 food and craft vendors and beer and wine tasting to round out this event.

Enhanced by an ideal open setting, Wingfield Park on Wingfield Street will host fans while providing the optimal festival environment. Conveniently located in mid-town, the festival is close to a variety of transportation options.

Gates open both days at 11a.m. and live music starts at 1 p.m. For more information, visit allamericancountrymusicfestival.com.

Ruidoso Downs

Aug. 31 to Sep. 3

All American Futurity

All American Futurity — the world’s richest quarter horse race — takes place at the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Billy The Kid Casino, 26225 Hwy 70.

The All American Futurity has a purse of $3 million and is the richest race for a 2-year-old of any breed in North America. The race is the Quarter Horse race that every owner, breeder, trainer and jockey wants to win.

For more information, visit raceruidoso.com.


Sept. 1

John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party

John Mueller, the critically acclaimed former star of the U.S. touring version of the London/Broadway hit musical “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story,” bring their show to the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. Winter Dance Party is the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour and the only show endorsed by the Holly, Valens and Richardson estates.

Mueller performs as Buddy Holly with Linwood Sasser as the Big Bopper and Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens. The very authentic and energetic four-piece band (guitar, drums, stand-up bass and sax) includes Grammy award-winning Mike Acosta on saxophone.

This concert includes more than two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the ‘50s: “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy,” “Rave On,” “La Bamba” and “Chantilly Lace.”

The audience is encouraged to dress in petticoats, bobby-socks and rockabilly greaser style (see James Dean).

For more information and tickets, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call the box office at 575-746-4212.


Sept. 1

Music In The Streets

Every Saturday until Oct. 27 the free Ruidoso community program features midtown live performances from 2 to 6 p.m. Roswell musician Matt Palmer will perform this Saturday.

For more information, visit discoverruidoso.com.

Santa Fe

Sept. 1 to 9

Free Fiesta de Santa Fe

The annual Fiesta de Santa Fe takes place at the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Fiesta de Santa Fe is the oldest community festival in the continental United States. There will be free cultural and traditional entertainment, fine arts, crafts and food booths.

Kick off of the festival is on Friday at noon at the Santa Fe Plaza. Included in the events is additional entertainment that requires tickets, such as The Santa Fe Opera’s Mariachi Extravaganza on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

For more information and the complete event calendar, visit santafefiesta.org/events.


Sept. 6 to 8

Big Barn Dance Music Festival

Michael Hearne’s 16th annual Big Barn Dance Music Festival takes place at the Kit Carson Park, starting each day at noon. There will be world-class music during the outdoor festival which concludes with the big barn dance on Saturday night.

Twenty-eight music acts in three days, including Tom Faulkner, Zac Wilkerson, Michael Herne with South by Southwest and Michael Martin Murphey — the singing steward of the American West and the cowboy way of life — to name a few.

For more information and a complete line-up, visit bigbarndance.com.


Sept. 6 to 16

New Mexico State Fair

The 80th annual New Mexico State Fair takes place Sept. 6-16. This year’s New Mexico State Fair lineup is the most diverse featured in recent years and includes some of music’s top names in pop, country, reggae, classic rock.

Music headliners are Rebelution, DNCE, Dustin Lynch, Dan + Shay, Hotel California, Maddie & Tae with High Valley and Collective Soul with special guest Cordova. Roswell’s own, Nova Rush, is to perform as well. Special entertainment this year are provided with the Wild West Gun Fighter Show, a traditional West Coast lumberjack show, Lumber Jacks and Jills with three shows daily, Sea Lion Splash, the only traveling, self-contained sea lion show, as well as the new “New Mexico State Fair Sensory Station.”

Magician Sheldon Casavant will thrill the crowds and culinary artist chef Ray L. Duey shows his food sculpting art in a show at the Manuel Lujan Jr. Exhibit Complex. There will be Native American dancers, artists and craftsmen showing off their skills, rodeos and on the first Saturday New Mexico’s biggest and best annual parade marches down Central Avenue into Nob Hill starting at 10 a.m.

Main Street will host some of the best automobiles from the 1960s and 1970s as well as vintage VW Bugs and Busses.

On Tuesday, 9/11, is Military & Veterans Appreciation Day. All military and veterans get in for free with valid ID or uniform.

For more information, visit statefair.exponm.com.


Sept. 8

Free Senior Adult Cowboy Celebration

Pecos Valley Baptist Association invites all senior adults in Southeaster New Mexico to the Senior Adult Cowboy Celebration at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center, 322 W. Grand Ave. — corner of Roselawn Avenue and Richardson Street — at 10 a.m.

Donations to help with the cost of lunch can be made at the registration table at the day of the event.

There will a musical performance by the Mountain Saddle Band from Show Low, Arizona and Don Lankford — New Mexico native and cowboy poet — will be the guest speaker.

The Mountain Saddle Band has appeared in concerts and western festivals for more than 15 years from Canada to Louisiana and everywhere in between. Their sound recalls the days of the old West because of its unique blend of mostly old, some new, cowboy music, gospel music and cowboy poetry.

The Mountain Saddle Band is a member of the Western Music Association, the Academy of Western Artists and is committed to preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of the American cowboy.

For more information visit pecosvalleybaptist.com or call 887-879-2729.


Sept. 8

Brew Fiesta

The second annual Brew Fiesta takes place downtown Lovington. There will be a pozole and a tamale cook-off, pumpkin painting, a cornhole tournament, breweries and live music.

For more information, visit lovingtonmainstreet.org or call 575-396-1418.


Sept. 9

ECSP Western Week flag rider tryouts

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse is looking for flag riders to carry sponsor flags during its Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events on Sept 14 to 16. There will not be a routine or performance required or additional practices.

For tryouts, the rider must exhibit that he or she can control their horse while carrying a flag, at a run, around the arena as well as during the grand entry. The rider must ride the same horse he or she did the tryout on.

For more information, visit its Facebook page or call 325-668-0163.